I received a nice note from Fr. Eric Kowalski, Pastor of Holy Angels in the Diocese of Charlotte, NC.
I hope priests continue to write in. I would like their contributions to be a regular feature here.
Let’s have a look…
Greetings in the Lord! Just wanted to share with you and your readers how things are going "brick by brick" in the Diocese of Charlotte, NC. We had our first Solemn High Mass in the diocese on the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption [August 15th]. Since the Diocese of Charlotte is a relatively young diocese [founded in 1972], there is every indication that this historic Mass may be the first ever Solemn High Mass offered by a priest of the diocese since its’ inception. The Principle Celebrant was Fr. Eric Kowalski, Pastor of Holy Angels, Mt. Airy, NC; assisting as Deacon was Fr. Robert Ferguson, FSSP; and assisting as Subdeacon was Fr. Christopher Davis, Pastor of St. Joseph, Asheboro, NC. The Mass was held at Holy Family Church in Clemmons, NC [a relatively new church facility] with other diocesan clergy and seminarians in attendance. Response to the Mass was overwhelmingly positive. Pictures are included.
The number of Masses in the Extraordinary Form that are offered weekly is growing and we hope to have the opportunity to offer another Solemn High Mass somewhere in the diocese during the Easter season.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Eric Kowalski,
Pastor, Holy Angels
Excellent news. And happy recent patronal feast day for your parish!
Let’s have a glance at the photos.
Note that the church is quite "modern", obviously constructed after the Novus Ordo was introduced.
That shadow of the Crucifix is quite dramatic, isn’t it? You can see the bottom part of the Cross at the top of the photo.
And notice that the tabernacle is in the center of the "apse".
The altar is in the picnic-table style, but it can be used from either direction. I wonder what side of the altar the inset stone is for the relics. I was once at a parish which had one of these table altars, but the stone was set in top of the mensa in such a way that it was obvious that the altar was intended for ad orientem worship.
Note also that there is no Cross on the altar… but it is clear from the photos that it is dominating the whole sanctuary!
The vestments are fine. It is always a pleasure to see maniples. Tie One On!
Well done, Fathers.
You can see that modern spaces can be used for the older form of Mass.
I am not sure what they did for Communion. Perhaps they placed some kneelers in front of the sanctuary.